Robert Jacks exhibition comes to Benalla Art Gallery

Published on 30 April 2021

Robert Jacks Guitar Woman

An exhibition of one of the most important Australian artists of his generation, Robert Jacks, will open at Benalla Art Gallery.

The exhibition Rhythmic Compositions focuses on Jacks’ guitar-inspired work on the 1990s and 2000s. The selection of works includes painting, sculpture in various media, artist books and works on paper. The exhibition features a space for patrons to listen to the music Jacks enjoyed while working. An essay written for the Benalla Art Gallery by curator Kirsty Grant is also on display.

Rhythmic Compositions features key works such as Guitar woman, tower night (1997) and Changed into a weeping willow (1997) which both featured in the McCaughey Memorial Prize at the NGV, the latter winning the Sulman Prize in 1998.

Benalla Art Gallery Director Eric Nash said that Jacks held a special place in the history of the Benalla Art Gallery.

‘Several of Jacks’ works are held in the Benalla Art Gallery’s permanent collection,’ said Mr Nash.

‘Most notably, the painting Compelling vesture no. 4 was one of our first acquisitions and serves as a foundation for the Collection.

‘We encourage the community to discover how Jacks demonstrates a sense of rhythm and structure in each composition.’

Robert Jacks: Rhythmic Compositions will be on display in the Bennett Gallery from 30 April until 1 August 2021.

Entry is free.

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Robert Jacks
Guitar Woman, Tower Night 1997
oil on canvas
198 x 365 cm
Image courtesy of the National Gallery of Victoria
Estate of the Artist


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